Local Non-Profits Could Be Hurt By Cuts

The Altamont is a 42 unit apartment building operated by the Mental Health Association. Residents enjoy independent living but what happens in Washington could mean the difference between independence and living on the streets.

Walking the hallways of the Altamont there is an air of uncertainty.

Michael Brose runs the mental health association.

"It could have a massive impact on us," says Brose.

Concern here is growing about lawmakers in Washington who have yet come to agreement over our fiscal future.

"The cuts will be dramatic, they'll be deep and they'll have a huge impact, not only on client services but also probably on employment," says Brose.

The mental health assocation is funded through private donations, the united way and a mixture of 5 federal state grants. The services provided help people like Frank Horn.

"People with mental problems do need some kind of special assistance and help," says Horn.

Horn is so grateful for the mental help assistance he's receivied over the years he shared with us a poem he wrote.

"To you wonderful counselors whom we've grown to love and trust. You take us shopping and bowling too, I believe there's not much you counselors can't do. You are an inspiration and you stimulate our lives you make it all worthwhile, so thanks again you make it worthwhile," to Horn.

The Mental Health Association provides housing for 650 residents in Tulsa. As conversations about the fiscal cliff intensify, so do concerns about those who are considered at the bottom realm of society and the least of these.